As the one-week training draws to an end, it's difficult to know whether the trainees feel clearer about their Team Leader-Trainer role of whether we're just getting them more and more confused. Whatever, they happily tied each other in knots this morning during the ice-breaker. This activity involves two people, each with a length of string tied to each wrist. Their string is looped together, and they have to separate - without undoing the wrist loops of course. Although one bright pair managed in under five minutes, the rest had a great laugh going through all sorts of body-bending positions, in vain. My hope is that they remember how much they got from these ice-breaker activities and use them with their own teaching groups on returning to the middle schools. It's a much more beneficial way to start a meeting than the common Chinese method: "Let's begin..."

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